With the Christmas holiday coming up, you need something to do. Watch these movies with yo frands.
1. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
I was a little skeptical of this movie at first because Aubrey Plaza is my least favorite character in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation, but I love Jake Johnson who plays Nick on the Fox show New Girl. I gave it a chance–and was not in the least bit disappointed. The plot entails three journalists who set out to interview a man who is seemingly crazy because he believes he can change the course of his life by going back in time through a time machine he has constructed by himself. It is quirky and appropriately dramatic at some points, while also making you feel those warm fuzzies inside; and Aubrey Plaza is amazing.
2. The To Do List (2013)
Starring Aubrey Plaza, Bill Hader, and Scott Porter, and Rachel Bilson
Aubrey Plaza delivers in a hilarious performance as a recent high school grad who finds herself inexperienced in “matters of the heart” so to speak. This movie is HILARIOUS. And if you aren’t interested then rent it anyway just to see Jason Street (aka Scott Porter for those of you who didn’t watch Friday Night Lights) sing “Pour Some Sugar On Me.” Trust me. It’s worth it. Bill Hader is awesome and it blows my mind that this movie didn’t gain more traction. It’s has an unexpected ending that makes the whole movie even more wonderful. Rent it now, you won’t be disappointed!
3. The Way, Way Back (2013)
Starring Steve Carell, Allison Janney, Toni Collette, Sam Rockwell, Maya Rudolph, and Nat Faxon
This movie didn’t get the hype it deserved. The main character’s personality mirrors that of Charlie in The Perks of Being a Wallflower in that he’s this awkward teenage boy trying to find his place in the world. Forced to spend the summer at his mom’s awful boyfriend’s beach house, he seeks refuge in a nearby water park and makes some unlikely friends. This movie is incredibly emotional while also being funny and relatable at the same time. Allison Janney really delivers as the more comedic role and you can’t help but love Liam James who plays the lead role as Duncan. Also, is it just me, or is Steve Carell weirdly hot in this movie?!
*Currently at Redbox!
4. The Place Beyond the Pines (2012)
Starring Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, and Eva Mendes
I was really surprised this movie wasn’t more successful, especially with the Gos Father and Bradley Cooper as costars. The movie follows the lives of hard core crime enthusiast Luke and rookie cop Avery Cross and how their paths are forever intertwined with a rivalry that is survived by their sons. This movie is a thriller all the way up to the end and constantly has you guessing at every turn. However, the ending does drag on a little bit, but I still definitely recommend this one.
*Currently at Redbox!
5. Girl Most Likely (2012)
Starring Kristen Wiig, Matt Dillon, and Darren Criss
Sadly this movie grossed just over a million in the US. Admittedly I hadn’t even heard of it until I saw it at Redbox recently. If you love Kristen Wiig, then you will enjoy this quirky-silly-relatable-yet-heartwarming-movie. It’s about play-write Imogene whose life suddenly falls apart when she has a not-so-serious psychotic breakdown. She moves back in with her gambling-addict mom and reclusive brother and their temporary resident. She begins to sort out her priorities and put her life back together. Christopher Fitzgerald, who plays Imogene’s brother is pretty darn funny. And if none of this convinced you to see it, then do it just to see Darren Criss dress up as a Backstreet Boy.
BONUS MOVIE NUMBER 6
6. Stand By Me (1986)
Stand By Me (1986)
Starring Will Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connel, and Kiefer Sutherland
This movie is not by any means recent, but it is probably my all-time favorite movie, like, ever. And every time I reference it, NO ONE KNOWS WHAT I’M TALKING ABOUT. I included this movie for the younger audiences because there’s a good chance y’all have never heard of it, and because it is so dated, maybe have no interest in it. Based on the novel by Stephen King, this is a coming of age story about four boys who hear of a missing boy’s body in the forest outside of their town. This movie highlights the different hardships of each boy, whether it be an abusive home situation, or dealing with the death of a family member, and relates a powerful message of friendship and loyalty. Also, Kiefer Sutherland…damn.
Happy movie watching!